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Pleasant Valley ‘wakes up’ to dominate Enterprise in 45-21 win

Eli Cortinas, seen against Sutter, ran for 126 yards and one touchdown in a 45-21 loss Friday at Pleasant Valley. The defeated drops the Hornets to 0-6 on the season. (Photo by Tony Hord / Shasta County Sports0
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By Joseph Shufelberger
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CHICO — Head coach Mark Cooley called last week’s 21-20 loss to Shasta a wake-up call.

The Vikings didn’t need a snooze alarm on Friday. Instead, the Pleasant Valley High football team scored touchdowns on its first five possessions, routing Enterprise 45-21 at Asgard Yard.

Sophomore quarterback Ian Guanzon accounted for four touchdowns, including three through the air to three different receivers, Junior Rivera twice punched in 1-yard scores and cornerback Thomas Smith punctuated his first start with a pair of picks as several Vikings enjoyed big nights.

“We needed to bounce back hard,” Cooley said, referring to PV’s 21-20 loss at Shasta a week ago. “We needed to come out way more physical.”

Message received — and delivered.

The Vikings led 38-0 by halftime after their sixth possession ended with Dante Jackson kicking a 47-yard field goal with 1:39 left in the second quarter.

On the game’s opening drive, PV (4-4, 2-1 Eastern Athletic League) fed Rivera the ball seven times for 44 yards, capped by the first of his two TD runs. The nine-play drive covered 60 yards in 2 minutes, 31 seconds.

The Vikings were just getting started.

“That was the plan coming out,” Cooley said of the ground game, “We’re big up front, and we’ve got backs that can carry the load and are powerful.”

The defense did its own share of the work, limiting Enterprise (0-6, 0-2) to two first downs — one via penalty — and 18 yards of total offense after two quarters. By then, Smith had his two interceptions that led to 10 Viking points.

On his first pick, the junior jumped a hitch route, setting up PV at the Enterprise 22-yard line.

Already ahead 7-0, the Vikings capitalized on the next play. Guanzon found Nate Paddock, and the burly fullback bowled over a Hornet defender on the way to a 22-yard TD catch and a 14-0 PV advantage with 6:49 left in the first quarter.

“We’re at the point in the year where we can start opening up our playbook, and we can complete every single pass,” said Sean Saise, the Vikings’ leading receiver with three catches for 63 yards.

Guanzon completed 7-of-13 passes for 152 yards with three TDs with all of the aerial assault coming in the first half.

Reed Murphy caught a 29-yard TD for a 21-0 lead with 3:44 left in the first quarter, and Ryan Dyrr’s 35-yard TD reception came with 8:31 remaining in the second quarter. That extended PV’s margin to 35-0 after Jackson’s extra point.

In between, Rivera again found the end zone from a yard out behind the Vikings’ beefy offensive line. The senior’s second score came 4 seconds into the second quarter as PV led 28-0.

Enterprise (0-6, 0-2 EAL) got going with Jahari Johnson returning the second-half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.

“That was a bright spot,” Hornets head coach Chris Combs said.

Not too long after that, Guanzon capped his night with a 22-yard TD run, showing off his versatility as he tallied 39 yards rushing on four carries. His fourth and final TD left the Vikings ahead 45-7 with 7:53 remaining in the third quarter.

Rivera finished with 53 yards on nine carries while fellow Viking Austin Needles added 41 yards on seven carries.

In the fourth quarter, the Hornets added two TDs. A Michael Hartman 1-yard TD run and an Eli Cortinas 6-yard score got Enterprise within 45-21. Cortinas finished with 136 yards rushing on 24 carries with 113 of his yards coming after halftime.

“We didn’t fight much in the first half,” Combs said. “A little bit more fight in the second half. We just have got to start games like that.”

Enterprise travels again for its next chance at its first victory of the season as the Hornets head to Palo Cedro on Oct. 18 to take on Foothill.

The Vikings, whose season started earlier than most Northern Section programs, get to enjoy a bye week before traveling to Foothill as well with their game on Oct. 25. That’s a week before the annual Almond Bowl with crosstown rival Chico on Nov. 1 at Asgard Yard.

The score

Pleasant Valley 45, Enterprise 21

Up next: Enterprise at Foothill, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 18; Pleasant Valley at Foothill, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 25.

Staff Reports is content produced by the Shasta County Sports team.

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